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Senedd debating chamber

Devolution to Wales

We consider the case for reform to the powers, funding and status of the Welsh parliament and Welsh government.

Devolution to Wales has been an ongoing process since the establishment of the Welsh Assembly in 1999. Wales now has a powerful parliament and Government with full control of public services including health, education and local government. But it has fewer devolved powers than Scotland and Northern Ireland. For instance, policing, justice and welfare are controlled by Westminster.

We weigh up the strengths and weaknesses of the devolved institutions in Cardiff and consider the case for reform to their powers, funding, structure and constitutional status. We also look at ways to improve cooperation between the UK and Welsh governments.

Reforming the union: Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister of Wales

Mark Drakeford discusses the state of relations between Westminster and Cardiff and sets out his vision for devolution and reforming the union.

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Mark Drakeford speaking at the Institute for Government